Mountain View College to hold Jan. 9 Groundbreaking Ceremony

(Dallas) * Mountain View College will hold a groundbreaking ceremonyon Jan. 9 to officially kick off the construction of two new buildings on campus. The ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. at the West Illinois entry (4849 West Illinois Ave.). The new additions, a Science and Allied Health building and a Student Center and Services building, are scheduled for completion by December of 2008 and May of 2009, respectively.

The Science and Allied Health building will be located at the south end of the west campus and will adjoin with the existing science wing. The building will host nursing labs, biology labs, chemistry labs, biology non-majors labs, a computer classroom, associated prep areas and faculty offices. The building will cover 38,000 square feet and will cost $12.9 million to construct.

The Student Center and Services building, which will be located between the west parking lot and the existing west entry, will provide a new home for admissions, recruitment, counseling, career services, testing, cashiering, business operations, academic advising, financial aid, retention center, international students resource center, health and disability services, and more. The student center component will also include the Student Programs and Resources area, food services, bookstore and new physical fitness center. The building will cost $12.6 million to construct and will cover more than 68,000 square feet upon completion.

Record enrollment numbers in 2006 and 2007, along with the passage of a 2004 bond package by Dallas County voters, has created both the need and the means for a major transformation to campus facilities at Mountain View College. Over the next two years, student services at Mountain View College will also be greatly enhanced by the construction of a new sports complex, a new Economic and Workforce Development building and renovations to the existing Performance Hall. The total price tag for all of the projects combined is about $54 million. All of the upgrades are expected to be finished by the end of 2009.

Mountain View College Upward Bound program

to serve four area high schools

(Dallas) * The Mountain View College Upward Bound program recently received a $2 million federal grant which will be used to serve students at Adamson, Molina, Sunset, and Grand Prairie high schools through 2011.

The program will interview and accept at least 100 eighth-grade graduates and Upward Bound staff will work with them throughout their high school careers to prepare them for college. During a student*s journey through Upward Bound, he or she will be able to participate in workshops and services provided by the program such as tutoring, cultural programs, college prep workshops, academic and career advising, and financial aid workshops.

Additionally, the program includes the following services to students:

*Fall and spring semester (Saturday) tutoring, test preparation, mentoring, and activities

*Summer 6-Week Instruction Series to maintain student interest in the program and motivate participants to earn a diploma and transfer to college

*Summer Bridge program to prepare high-school graduates for postsecondary studies through a series of developmental college courses

*Summer Work-Study program that enables students to experience a work environment and earn additional income while continuing their studies

*Parent Board that provides parents with life-skills and educational classes

*Teacher and counselor workshops for target schools

*Field trips and cultural activities

Upward Bound began in 1968 as a federally funded program based off the 1965 Higher Education Act. Upward Bound is a TRiO program * student programs funded by the federal government that work toward providing success for students pursuing higher education. TRiO programs were established by Congress to help low-income Americans enter college, graduate, and eventually find more well-rounded economic and social lives. As mandated by Congress, two-thirds of the students served must come from families with incomes that are 150 percent of the poverty rate.